On the eve of Saturday, June 27 country music fans were treated to a once in a lifetime concert at the Prairie Dog Drive-In Theatre located north of Carlyle, when country superstar Garth Brooks performed a live show streamed on the big screen.
The concert, which entertained the capacity crowd at the Prairie Dog, was shown at 300 drive-in theatres across North America.
Tickets were all presold for the event and were priced at $100.00 US funds, which worked out to approximately $136 Canadian. Tickets were sold through Ticket Master and sold out in two days for the show at Carlyle.
Each vehicle was limited to six occupants or as many people as the vehicle had seatbelts for. Garda Security was contracted to monitor the venue and provided security for the event. All physical distancing recommendations were to be strictly adhered to by the concert attendees and each vehicle was required to be distanced to a minimum of one vehicle to what would be normally two spaces under a regular pre-pandemic night.
For an added touch to the evening, the Boutin cousins, known as Two Blondes and Two Brunettes, played a few songs to the pleasure of the crowd.
Ingenious patrons had brought along lawn chairs and set up in the boxes of their “bigrigs” backed up towards the screen.
Also to the delight of the crowd was the releasing of memorial lanterns bringing cheers and horn honking from those attending.
The loudest cheers and sustained blasting of horns came for the star of the show Garth Brooks, who entertained for around 90 minutes, sending the country music fans home with a special memory of the successfully improvised evening concert.